Higher education faculty perceptions of professional development

Dennis, Emily A., Lias, Allen R and Holdan, E. Gregory

Learning how to teach and teaching how to learn are skills that university faculty members experience and practice on a daily basis. Each semester, new students enter classrooms with different learning styles and past education experiences. It is the responsibility of a staff development facilitator to provide innovative, instructional designs that build critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity skills in their learners. Few studies have been conducted to determine the effectiveness of professional development programs that utilize characteristics that go beyond the pedagogy of teaching and promote lifelong learning inside and outside the classroom. The purpose of this descriptive research study was to assess the innovative characteristics of faculty development designs that have a positive impact on faculty members’ abilities to teach and learn. Faculty members from eighteen institutions from across the United States, including both public and private institutions, participated in this study.

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